Thursday, March 16, 2006

Holy Crappity Crap!!

It's been forever since I've bothered to document anything that is happening in my life -- and the sad thing is, I'm not sure if it's because I've been super busy, or if there has been nothing worth wasting your time with.

Well, I'm going to make up for it now.

A little background. I work for a Correctional Medical Services, a company who provides healthcare for prisons and jails across the USA. I never really thought about it before I started work here, but legally the government is required to provide the highest quality healthcare to incarcerated individuals. That is where we come in. I, however, do not actually work in the facilities we service - though I have been to a few. I work in an office in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri. I am a computer geek. Officially I and an Senior Application Developer. Unofficially, I'm a business analyst, project manager, technical lead, software architect, and teacher, among other things. I guess all that other crap falls into the "other duties as assigned" category...

For the past year or so, I have been working with a team to build a Correctionalized Medication Administration Record. So what the hell is that? Well -- anytime you are in a hospital, nursing home, etc - the nursing staff has a process to document when you are administered your medications. Typically it's a paper process. What we have done is to automate this paper process, with additional tweaks that are specific to the correctional market.

Now that we are done developing, I've been able to go on the road to provide demonstrations as well as help design the implementation plans for clients. This has been a very interesting experience -- giving me access to watch clinical staff manage in the jails and prisons is a real eye-opener.

With all that being said -- I've been busy wrapping the project up and getting this rolling to get this installed at a client site. It looks like I'll be installing a handful of clients this year - so it should prove to be a busy year indeed.

That's it for now -- will try to be more timely in hte future...